A Tale of Two Markets for AIDS Vaccine (Developed vs. Developing World)

Dr. Don Francis, Vaxgen

The major market for the AIDS vaccine is in the developing world, says Francis, but there is significant demand in the United States with 40,000 new cases a year. There are a lot of unknowns in the business climate in the United States affecting the profitability of a vaccine. It is difficult to encourage investment when a blockbuster drugs would have a much higher rate of return, he adds.